Where the locals go

where the locals go

I don’t expect many of you will be planning your summer vacations to Southeast Missouri anytime soon. However, I feel the need to share my very favorite places when I visit home. These are the type of places you will find the locals like to frequent. A little off the beaten path and perfectly nostalgic. I can’t even guarantee the food is as good as I will recommend. It could be all sweet memories that I am tasting!


Wib's Drive-In

This place is near and dear to my heart. Even when I was vegan for nearly five years I would still sneak a Wib’s sandwich when I visited Missouri. A little off the exit off Highway 55 in Jackson you will find this tiny restaurant with a very small menu. I’m sure it is all wonderful but I simply recommend the combination. And you probably want two or three. Shaved pork, pimento cheese and house BBQ sauce. The more sauce the hotter the sandwich. Enjoy.


Hoeckele's Bakery

In Perryville you will find this establishment right off the interstate as well. In school growing up we would order sandwiches for lunch when we had a field trip, but I’m not here to talk about the sandwiches. You need to go and grab a coffee cake and a couple dozen delicious donuts. By 8am Thursday morning there were only about four options left so get there early. You know this is the place to be when half the tables are taken up by old men and women chatting for hours. The coffee may not be the best but the sweets are spot on.

These local establishments are my favorite and a trip to Southeast Missouri is not complete without a stop to both!

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